The starting quarterback position at Texas Tech was an uncertainty going into the off-season. The smart money has been on sophomore Patrick Mahomes to earn the role, however Davis Webb could be making this a closer competition than we’ve thought.
As practices opened, Kliff Kingsbury insisted there was an open quarterback competition between Mahomes and junior Davis Webb, Webb having been the starter the prior two seasons. That would seem like the only fair way to approach the situation, considering Webb’s experience and the potential he was once thought to have. In addition, quarterback competitions create situations where both quarterbacks to push each other, and develop leadership skills that will benefit them going into the fall.
“I’ve been really pleased with Davis, with Pat, and with Nic (Shimonek), how they’re playing. They’ve all raised each other’s level of play, which is what I wanted. I’m going to see how it’s going and how I’m feeling and go from there. I’ll just know.” Coach Kingsbury told the Lubbock Avalanche Journal
Is there a point of diminishing returns though? At some point, a team needs to know who their leader is, and start to rally around that individual.
The longer this competition goes on the more nervous fans will become. The majority are pulling for Mahomes, but Kingsbury seems to be in no hurry to make a decision, and he’s shown a tendency to have a confidence in Webb. Confidence that is often incongruent with what is happening on the field. So when Kingsbury says, ‘how I’m feeling’, Red Raider Nation has to cringe just a little bit. They know all too well how he’s has felt in the past about Webb.
Raising each other’s level of play is a benefit all coaches hope to get from a competition, but failing to end the competition and solidify a starter in a timely manner can lead to frustration and a lack of team cohesion. If coach Kingsbury isn’t careful, he runs the risk of his strategy backfiring.